Appealingly Private Social Network Platform Now Available to All

29 November 2013
Ben Logan

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A new social media platform might just be the answer for disgruntled users of Facebook and WhatsApp who are worried about increasing media reports about how Governments and other bodies are accessing their personal data.

Built and self-funded by three students in Montreal, the service is called Syme and has now made available to all after an invite-only beta trial.

Co-founder Jonathan Hershon commented on its primary appeal: “The overarching goal of Syme is to make encryption accessible and easy to use for people who aren’t geeks or aren’t hackers or who aren’t cryptography experts.”

Syme was designed to be instantly familiar – its user interface is refreshingly clutter-free and rather similar to that of GooglePlus and Facebook, in that is displays a Bell icon showing the number of unread notifications, a Cog icon to adjust settings and a Like button. The platform is most like WhatsApp though, since it is more of a group messaging tool where a user creates a group and invites others, who then receive the necessary decryption keys to see posted content.

Beneath the samey veneer however, Syme is very different in that it encrypts all content, including status updates, photos and files, so that only people invited to a group can view it. Even the founders themselves are not able to read the data stored on their servers.

Syme is appropriately named after George Orwell’s famous novel about total Government control – the character Syme was “vaporised” for being a free-thinking individual.

Privacy minded people can get Syme for free at present, although in the future the founders are considering creating a premium paid-for service targeted at industries such as health care, law and publishing.

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